Man Stooping with Stick or Spade

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Man Stooping with Stick or Spade
Oil on paper on panel
31 × 29.5 cm (12.25 × 11.5 in)
Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts
Painted August 1882, The Hague
F 12, JH 185

Vincent writes his brother Theo in September, beautifully describing the pleasures he finds in painting in the Autumn season, and mentions this painting and the way the sunlight illuminates the worker's back.

"There are two things about the autumn that particularly attract me. Sometimes there’s a gentle melancholy in the falling leaves, in the tempered light, in the haziness of things, in the elegance of the slender trunks. Then, I like the more robust, rougher side just as much — the strong light effects, for example on a digger sweating in the midday sun."
To Theo van Gogh, 9 September 1882.

Man at Work
Man Digging

Oldenzeel Art Gallery, Rotterdam;
F. W. R. Wentges, Rotterdam (1909-1944);
Heirs of F. W. R. Wentges (1944-1947);
W. Brinkman, Schipluiden (1947-1956);
Mainz en Lagat Art Gallery, The Hague;
Van Wisselingh Art Gallery, Amsterdam;
W. Weinberg, Scarsdale, U.S.A. (1955);
Sale Weinberg, London (Sotheby's) 10 July 1957;
Mr. Wrightsman, Paris;
Sale Paris (Rheims) 12 December 1960, addenda H: P. M. Bloch, Paris;
Sale P. M. Bloch, Paris (Ader GalliƩra) 12 March 1964;
I. Hollick, Fenny Compton, Warwicks, England (1964);
England, private collection (1970);
Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts, Izumi, Japan.